Sgt. John E. Richardson
John E. Richardson enlisted in Company F at the age of 39 in Defiance, Ohio on October 26, 1861. He was recently married and his wife had just given birth to their first child. John was a cousin to the wife of the company commander, Capt. Virgil Moats. John served with the 48th Ohio throughout its entire period of service, including their capture at Sabine Crossroads and subsequent imprisonment at Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas. He was mustered out with his company in Galveston, Texas in January, 1865.
John & Rosetta Richardson had five children by 1880: Ophelia (b. 1861), James O. (b. 1867), George I. (b. 1869), Leroy E. (b. 1875), and Frank M. (b. 1878) After the war, John became a salesman and traveled to many states, probably selling farm machinery. As during the war, providing for his family's financial needs continued to be a challenge for him and the Richardsons were never well off. Rosetta probably lived in Defiance all her life and was active in the Woman's Veteran Relief Union No. 14 there. One of John and Rosetta's other children, Merle, served in the Spanish American War. Echoing his father, he sent a letters home to his mother, one with a lock of his hair and a swatch of his uniform. In the late 1800's John moved into the Old Soldiers and Sailors home in Sandusky, OH "for a rest." Rosetta died April 2, 1902 while John was still at the Home. John Richardson passed away in 1911.
DISCHARGE PAPERS OF JOHN E. RICHARDSON
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Thanks to Ralph Baughn, Rochester Hills, MI for submitting John
Richardson's discharge papers for inclusion on the site.